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New Published Research Supports Manuka Honey's Use For Wounds

12 February 2009  |  Admin

A newly published paper in the Journal of Advanced Nursing shows support for the clinical benefits of using medical grade honey in wound care, based on a UK randomized clinical trial.

A study involving 105 patients undertaken between September 2004 and May 2007 aimed to compare medical grade honey with conventional treatments on the healing rates of wounds. The people behind the study started from the position that "There is an increasing body of evidence to support the use of honey to treat wounds, but there is a lack of robust randomized trials on which clinicians can base their clinical judgement."

Their results found that patients treated with medical honey had a median healing time of 100 days, compared to 140 days for the control group using conventional wound treatments.

They concluded that "These results support the proposition that there are clinical benefits from using honey in wound care", although also pointing out that "Wound area at start of treatment and sex are both highly statistically significant predictors of time to healing" and that further research is needed.

The above information comes from an abstract of paper. You can read the full abstract here:

It should also be noted that for wound use medical grade honey should be used, as it has undergone a higher standard of filtration, testing, and has been sterilised. This trail used Medihoney antibacterial manuka honey. Medihoney is produced by Comvita, who also have another equivalent product for external use with their ManukaCare 18+ - a sterilised UMF® manuka honey.

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